Seminole State College of Florida has gone gold, achieving the highest level for performance funding in the Florida College System (FCS). The College also will receive $3.06 million in additional funding, up from $1.08 million last year.
The State Board of Education recognized Seminole State for its advances in student retention and completion, the number of graduates who are employed or continuing their education and the entry-level wages for graduates.
“Our status as a ‘gold college’ means that we will have additional funds to support students, faculty, staff and programs,” said Seminole State President Dr. E. Ann McGee. “It is also a clear indication that the initiatives we have implemented for student support, retention and completion are paying off. This achievement is the result of a team effort across the college.”
Seminole State ranked silver among the 28 FCS institutions in 2016 and focused on a number of initiatives to boost student support and success in its quest for gold, including the assignment of completion specialists to spur students to continue their studies and finish their credentials and greater collaboration between departments to provide financial and academic assistance for students.
“We’ve seen graduation counts and graduate rates consistently improve in nearly every Associate in Science degree program,” said Dr. Mark Morgan, associate vice president of institutional effectiveness and research at Seminole State. “Plus, our Associate in Arts degree graduation rate improved this past year, and baccalaureate completion rates are exceptional.”
Compared with statewide averages, Seminole State’s overall completion rates went from being 4 percent better than the statewide average last year to 10 percent better this year. According to data provided by the State Board of Education, nearly 96 percent of Seminole State’s graduates are employed or continuing their education, and the average starting wage for the College’s graduates is more than double the average starting wage in Seminole County, Seminole State’s service area.
“It’s a tremendous point of pride for our faculty and staff to achieve this important distinction among Florida’s colleges, already noted as among America’s best,” Morgan said. “It means students will continue to receive better support to help them complete courses, maintain regular and consistent enrollment patterns, and continue toward their personal goals to earn a credential and move to their next level of personal achievement.”
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